Singer John Legend and his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, have never shied away from very publicly expressing their disdain for Donald Trump. Now, Legend is out with a new statement regarding the president, and Trump is sure to be none too happy. Just as Trump railroaded now-former Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, out of office, Legend called Trump a “cancer” on the nation, while using his Twitter account to tweet Spencer’s resignation letter.
The letter was a scathing rebuke of Trump’s bungling of the situation of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher. After alleged conversations with the White House over the situation, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called for Spencer to leave his post, citing a lack of “trust and confidence” after Spencer’s actions.
The person at the center of it all, Edward Gallagher, was an accused Iraq war criminal. He was demoted from Chief Petty Officer to Petty Officer First Class, but Trump restored his original rank. However, Gallagher was found guilty of posing with a corpse, a crime in the military. There will be disciplinary proceedings forthcoming, in which Gallagher’s future with his ranks and his pins will be determined.
Of course, with Trump, all roads lead back to two places: money and Obama. He cited “large cost overruns from past administration’s contracting procedures” that contributed to his believe that Spencer needed to go. In his resignation letter, however, Spencer chose a much more honorable reason to resign, saying that he and Trump hardly saw eye to eye on principles of “good order and discipline” that is the hallmark of the United States Navy. Spencer went on to say:
“I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took.”
“The rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries. Good order and discipline is what has enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and again.”
The constitution and the uniform code of military justice are the shields that set us apart, and the beacons that protect us all. I have strived to ensure our proceedings are fair, transparent and consistent, from the newest recruit to the flag and general officer level.
“Unfortunately it has become apparent that in this respect I no longer share the same understanding with the commander in chief who appointed me.”
After this bombshell, John Legend also tweeted about Trump a little while later, saying that:
“‘In July Mr. Trump said that the Constitution gives him ‘the right to do whatever I want.’ Those are the words of a despot, not an American president.”
The tweet came along with a New York Times piece regarding Trump’s now infamous call with the Ukrainian president that is now the focus of a hotly contested impeachment inquiry.
Of course, Legend holds even more distaste for Trump than before, since the foul president attacked Legend’s “filthy mouthed wife” Chrissy Teigan on Twitter. Legend’s response was brilliant when he tweeted:
“Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody-ANYBODY-will praise you.”
Indeed, but Donald Trump is a big baby an a malignant narcissist, so he can never have enough praise, and of course he can never take criticism. Shame, but true.